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“And I Quote-“

In response to the Daily Post: Daily Prompt- Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

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When my middle child came out as transgender, our lives got shaken up quite a bit. Besides not really understanding what this meant for Kris and his life, we quickly learned that not everyone was going to feel comfortable with the news that our middle child, formerly known as our daughter, Kerri, was not in fact, our daughter.

These quotes resonate with me because we had to learn to bounce, and we couldn’t waste a second. So as we were heading straight for the ground, we had to pull ourselves together, hold on tight and have faith as our feet hit. We could either splatter all over the pavement and lay there a sad broken mess, or we could lightly touch the ground, bend our knees and push up, heading toward great new experiences. We chose to bounce.

In addition to potentially shattering, we could have easily turned to hate. While being shunned by the very people we thought would be our main support system, we could have turned that rejection into something ugly. There was a lot of pain and more feelings to work through than I thought possible but embracing hate was something that was not happening. Instead I chose to focus on loving the ones who were still here and cherishing their place in my life.

It has been 4-1/2 years since Kris came out to us and it feels like a lifetime. As Kris continues his work on becoming his true authentic self, and as I work to understand my middle child and to love and support him as best I can, I’m sure there will be lots of bouncing in our futures. As long as we can keep bouncing and embrace love, I think we will be just fine.


The Great Book of Lists: Chapter 1.4- The Books That Transport You

Chapter 1.4 for The Great Book of Lists is The Books that Transport You.

I love reading and books are found in every room of our house. It was hard to narrow it down but I finally settled on these as the books that transport me:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • Entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Dead Witch Walking (and the rest of the Hollows series) by Kim Harrison
  • All Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The list could go on and on……

If you would like more information, you can find it at The Great Book of Lists, hosted by La duchesse d’Erat.

Which books transport you to another time and place?



Photography Challenges

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 10- Faces

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge is back! Yay! This week Hugh is really putting the “challenge” part to work.

“This week take a photo of an object that looks like it has a face. Rather than taking photos of the faces of people or animals try and capture an object that looks like it has a face.”


This is photograph of a watercolor painting by my middle kid, Kris. It hangs in my office with other pieces of artwork and important papers stuck to my wall. When I glance at it, it looks like there’s a face, just under the two trees on the far right. What do you think?

To find out more details about Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge click on the this LINK. Be sure to check out all the other original entries.

Photography Challenges

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: S

For this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Starts With the Letter S, I have an odd assortment.

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I spent endless hours sitting in the stands at Kris’s swim meets. 
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Springs, springs and more springs!
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Han Solo, and is that Obi Wan? and the guy whose name I can’t remember. (I really am a Star Wars fan- just not up on the actions figures- except for Han Solo, of course!)
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Skull candelabras- a must for any decor!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cee's BW Challenge


The Great Book of Lists: Chapter 1.3- The List of Your Desires

Somehow I missed last week and now I’m playing catch up again. The odd thing is that when I look back at last week, I’m not sure what took up so much of my time. Anyway, here I am a little bit late but still plugging away and here is The Great Book of Lists: Chapter 1.3- The List of Your Desires:

  • Have a weekend away with my best friends.
  • Get my home office clean! This might seem like more of a chore than a desire but trust me, if my home office was clean, I would be so happy!
  • Participate in and finish NaNoWriMo!
  • Venture out into the world and practice with my new camera.

That’s about it for now. I would like to think that these four things are completely possible to do. We will see!

What are some things you would like to do?

Have a good day!